Letter: Expand Jamaica Station for LIRR

A Long Island Rail Road rider purchases a

A Long Island Rail Road rider purchases a ticket from a machine at the LIRRs Jamaica Station. (Feb. 27, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

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The East Side Access project will provide some relief to Penn Station due to diversions to the new Grand Central Terminal Annex, but that is not the problem ["New MTA boss: LIRR won't lose spots," News, June 22].

Diversions to the annex will not reduce the number of trains moving through Penn's critical, at-capacity, interlocking switching system, unless schedules are reduced. A reduction in Penn Station schedules would seriously inconvenience Long Island Rail Road commuters, even with the reductions in crowding.

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Service to the new Grand Central annex will necessarily be comparable to the LIRR's current split Brooklyn operation, potentially requiring an expanded Jamaica transfer facility.

John Fruin, Amityville

Editor's note: The writer is a retired Port Authority of New York & New Jersey transportation planner.


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